Sermon Discussion Questions: 1 Peter 4:12-13 & Exodus 20:1-6
Discussion Questions for personal devotion and family worship - week of January 19
From "Christian Suffering": 1 Peter 4:12-13
What are the responses that Christians should not have to suffering? Why?
Pastor Jon mentioned “actively resting” in the grace of God. Why is “actively resting” not a contradiction? What does it look like to “actively rest” in God’s grace?
Why can we say that God doesn’t just allow suffering, but he brings it to us?
In 1 Peter 1:6, Peter implies that sometimes suffering is necessary. Why would this be (note the surrounding verses in 1 Peter 1)?
Why should Christians not be surprised by suffering (v. 12)?
What does it mean to share in the sufferings of Christ (v. 13)?
What are some of the benefits that suffering brings to a Christian’s life?
How can suffering give us a different focus and perspective on life?
What are the appropriate responses to suffering?
From "The Second Commandment": Exodus 20:1-6
What does God forbid in the Second Commandment?
What are some reasons that God forbids images of himself?
What are some reasons that God forbids us to use images of our choosing in worship?
What is the underlying principle to the Second Commandment?
Does God care what worship is like, so long as we are sincere in our devotion?
What is the Regulative Principle of Worship? Why is the RPW biblical?
What are the motivations God gives with the Second Commandment?
Where is God’s steadfast love most clearly revealed?
How is it a blessing to us to recognize that Christ is “the image of the invisible God”?
Why is it significant, in light of the Second Commandment, that Christ instituted the sacraments?